Before the 2008 season, Adam Jones took a player picture for Yahoo! Sports and, probably to no fault of his own, was caught with his eyes closed; half blinking, half looking like he sniffed the photographer’s lingering fart. Four years later, whether it’s due to this picture or his under the radar stats, people are still “sleeping” on Jones. He’s so under the radar, in fact, that when he was traveling with the Orioles to Canada in 2010 to play the Blue Jays, he was detained by immigration officials because they had mistaken him for NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones, who has a criminal record and isn’t allowed into Canada (in a related story, Miguel Cabrera won’t be traveling to Toronto with the Detroit Tigers this year due to a DUI). Sleepy’s reputation, or lack thereof, has his ADP anywhere from 70-90, which is better than last year (140 ADP in ’11), but is still too low and something you should take advantage of.
Jones, much like his NL counterpart, Hunter Pence, has been the model of consistency. Over the past three years, he’s been good for 75, 20, 75, 10, .280. He actually improved in homeruns (25), RBI (83), and stolen bases (12) in 2011. He’s still only 26 years old and entering the prime of his career, which would suggest that his power numbers could still improve, nudging him north of 30 homers and 90 RBI.